Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Chino pants - why, what, and how to wear?

Shades of Grey on Revolve
This next item on the spring shopping list is been around as a staple in american style for a long time now but just like my previous spring recommendation- the Chambray shirt is being revived with a cooler, more fitted style and fit in the last couple of season which is why it made it to my spring list.
Backround - First of all, what's with the name? The name Chino  is the Spanish term for Chinese, and it refers to the cotton twill fabric that those pants are made out of which was made in China. Just like the Chambray fabric this fabric was originally used for military and work uniforms and was adopted by American style in the 20th century. Since it is mostly made in a khaki color and although it is being offered in a variety of other colors as well the chino is usually confused with khaki pant.
Why: As a cotton fabric the chino is a very comfortable and easy pants for spring, and can serve as a dressier style than for example Jeans and therfore can be used for a smart/ business casual dress code as well as for a relaxed weekend look.  
Fitted chino from Diesel at Bloomingdale's
Band of Outsiders
What to look for - For years the chino was typically done in the khaki color, mostly in a looser/baggier fit and with front darts (clearly everything a stylish guy should stay away from), but over the last couple of seasons with American style gaining popularity the style offerings have adjusted accordingly and the younger, sophisticated customer adopted the chino. A more fitted, tapered style was introduced ( Bonbons built a great business around that one specific concept), the color range expended to offer everything from subtle light grey to navy, army and all the way to brighter colors and even the jeans trends of casual worn/vintage look were adopted offering different washes and fabric treatments, all ending up making the classic chino a sleek and stylish item for every guy! So when you look for a chino most importantly look for a fitted style, no bagginess around the hips, no access fabric in the rise and the butt area and please no front darts! The leg shape is according to your preference, if you feel good with a skinny leg than go for it but as long as the hip and thigh areas ares fitted a straight leg or bootleg will do just as fine.   
Life after denim on Revolve
Shades of Grey on Revolve
How to wear - The diversity of the chino is a big advantage and is one of the main
reasons it became so popular over the years, more so now with its current contemporary new look it fits into a variety of personal styles and dress codes turning every guy into  A Man of Style! During the week day your chino is a perfect fit for your business casual attire, a fitted cotton dress shirt in stripes or gingham with maybe a cotton tie or even a fun plaid bow-tie under a sport coat or a cotton blazer, paired with  leather loafers or some other form of leather shoes/boots will make you look professional yet comfortable and stylish. For after hours and for a weekend easy, casual look, pair it with a chambray shirt or a striped long sleeve T (both with rolled up sleeves), accessorize with a vintage looking necklace, maybe even a hat? (if you insist on being trendy than go ahead and roll up your chino) and pair them with a fun casual looking sneakers like a colored converse (NO running shoes please!), or a vintage style military boots.

Marc by Marc Jacobs
Skinny Chino from AllSaints
HOWE on Revolve
5 pocket chino from Theory
WESC at Revolve

52 comments:

  1. These are really big over here right now -- couldn't find the shade of grey I wanted while in Cologne this past weekend (I like that real light grey you feature above, by Marc Jacobs), but I won't give up looking. The best I've ever worn were by Costume National, in black; perfect fit!
    Great write-up, Boaz.
    Love your blog.
    Michael

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  2. Michael, thank you for your great feedback and kind words.
    i can only imagine how great were the Costume National were??? Look for the ones from Band of Outsiders, they are available in that similar light grey color, check www.thecotner.com.
    Have a great week!

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  3. Ok, this post will become my new Bible, for the mid time season! ;) I wear the chino pants only in spring, when the weather it's not so cold, and even hot. ;)

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  4. Alessandro, Thank you!
    Exactly, the chino is really the perfect chioce for spring and summer pants! especially now when the style choices out there are cooler than just the classic chino.

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  5. Hey boaz! nice blog! NYC, my desire :-)
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  6. Hi Pix, welcome to my blog and I'm glad you like it!
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  7. it’s a very attractive look and works great I think these are very nice what a great idea. Good job! And these photos are super stunning! Wow! It’s a great.

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  8. Hi Boaz!
    I agree, Chino is perfect choice for spring and summer pants. Here in Indonesia, Chino has gained it's popularity and perfect for all seasons in our tropical country. ;) During this early 2012 some of our local brands still launch their Chino pants with the stylish looks, coverage the young professional from semi-formal to casual occasions.
    Keep posting!

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  9. This was a very good and informative article but don't listen to the part about not wearing them rolled up with running shoes though. A rolled up pair of khaki-colored or dark chinos worn with some Nike FreeTrainers or other Nike running shoe is a trend for men in big cities in the Spring/Summer. It just depends on how the rest of the outfit is worn with it.

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  10. Loving all of these specially the fitted ones from Diesel, you will really stand out in the crowd when wearing these with a dark color shirt like black or maroon.

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  11. Those are really nice chinos. Chinos actually is far better than denim jeans. Guys should go after its sleek, sophisticated and clean look.

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  12. A nicely written piece about chinos. Maybe you can try writing some about wearing and styling guides what to wear with chinos.

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  13. Wow! Great outfit. Very well said. Chinos are really comfortable especially for the summer.

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